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Duke Energy Ohio and Kentucky Launches Appliance Recycling Program in the TriState

Earn $30 for having energy-wasting refrigerators and freezers recycled for free

Duke Energy Ohio and Kentucky has launched a new program designed to give customers the ability to recycle outdated refrigerators and freezers in a convenient way.

The Appliance Recycling Program (ARP) was launched in October, specifically targeting older refrigerators and freezers that customers often keep in garages or basements to aid in food and beverage storage.

“The program is simple, easy and effective,” said John Langston, Duke Energy’s program manager. “We are focused on helping customers abandon as many of these energy-wasting appliances as we can. It will save our customers money, reduce energy demand and help preserve our country’s natural resources.”

The older appliances that are not as energy efficient as newer models and can cost an additional $150 per year to operate. The technology inside many of these older units is often so outdated; it can increase the operating cost of the appliance up to three times.

The old refrigerators and freezers will be recycled in a new recycling plant in Stowe, Ohio, operated by JACO Environmental Incorporated. The recycling process creates four to eight green jobs and returns 95 percent of the refrigerator and freezer components back to the manufacturing stream.

Call Duke Energy at 855-398-6200 or visit to schedule a time for JACO to pick up the old refrigerators and freezers. The appliances must be in working condition and between 10 and 30 cubic feet in size. An incentive check for $30 will arrive within four to six weeks.

The Stowe plant converts old, inefficient appliances into recyclable materials, and safely extracts and neutralizes toxic substances. This includes mercury in thermostats, along with oils and foam insulation that can emit ozone-eating gases when exposed to air. Those substances poison the environment when refrigerators and freezers are recklessly discarded or disposed of in landfills.

Duke Energy Ohio and Kentucky’s operations provide electric service to approximately 830,000 customers and natural gas service to approximately 500,000 customers.

Duke Energy is the largest electric power holding company in the United States with more than $100 billion in total assets. Its regulated utility operations serve approximately 7.1 million electric customers located in six states in the Southeast and Midwest. Its commercial power and international business segments own and operate diverse power generation assets in North America and Latin America, including a growing portfolio of renewable energy assets in the United States.

Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Duke Energy is a Fortune 250 company traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol DUK. More information about the company is available at:

Information released by Duke Energy Corporation, October 4, 2012

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